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CHAIRMAN’S SUMMER BULLETIN 2021 Greetings once more to all our members as we, hopefully, move towards something approaching normality - although I guess I am not alone, as the Delta variant doubles in cases weekly, in doubting the understandable Government optimism about this being the last of restrictive measures. We will watch and wait as always. In my Spring Bulletin I erroneously announced we would have two free extra lectures in July and August. It is, in fact, one on Friday 20th August by Joanne Rhymer, “New Visions: The City and Impressionism”. The good news is it’s still free! You will get your usual notice and Zoom link from Tony Batchelor. I must repeat what a debt we owe to our Programmers, Gunta and Erica, and the whole team for re- arranging and adding to our programme this season, and to Stefan for managing the Zoom operation. Next season’s programme is about to go to the printers for distribution at the end of July, so do get your renewal applications in as soon as possible. As we are in Renewal of Membership mode, on behalf of Tony Batchelor, can I urge those of you who pay the renewal fee by BACS, to make sure Tony also gets a copy of the renewal form for his files. The consent on this form is needed for us to comply with Data Protection regulations. Speaking of Renewal, it would be fair to say that your Committee, as always, must look to its own renewal: we have vacancies in several areas: Events (x2) - Organising trips/visits and Study Days Programming (1) as Erica Kendal leaves in September Vice Chair - we haven’t had one since I took over as Acting Chair from being Vice Chair in May 2017 Special Events - to replace Barney Broadbent who left last year In the past we have successfully found members to shadow existing committee roles prior to taking over. In this respect, we need to add to the above list both my role as Chair and Stefan’s as IT Coordinator AND Treasurer, as we are both entering our fifth year in post. All in all, for the Society to continue - because No Committee, No Society! - we MUST recruit new members to the Committee. The AGM will be held before the first lecture of the new season on Friday, 17 September. It would be marvellous if, before then, we have some more volunteers to help run the Society. Please make yourself known to any Committee member if you are interested, especially if you are an actual New Member, and we could be able to discuss new roles soon face to face. The AGM, like the lecture that day, will be on Zoom and the usual notices will go out in due course. You will receive details of how this will operate, but if you are with U3A you will have been through the process - and with Stefan at the helm, as he will be for us! The various Volunteering sections reported in the Spring Bulletin. We have made one more grant, this time to the The Oundle Fringe Festival, which will carry over into next year as they had to cancel this year. The International Festival concert which we have sponsored, however, WILL go ahead on Tuesday 13 July in the Oundle School Chapel - I hope you have received details and will be able to support the event. More details can be obtained by using the following link: https://creativeoundle.co.uk/events/quentin-thomas-alec-hone-pianos Former Committee member Barney Broadbent has two more weekend exhibitions of his sculpture in July. See the Peterborough Artists Open Studios website for details, it is a stunning exhibition. My thanks again to all the Committee for their work keeping the programme rolling through the pandemic. We will, of course keep you updated on developments towards opening up based on the advice. Our sincere thanks for your continued support. Nigel Harper, Chairman, June 2021
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